Has your preschool-aged child been diagnosed with ADHD? If so, a health care provider may recommend starting behavioral management, which includes parent training, as soon as possible. A lot of brain development is happening during these years, making it a good time for your child to learn positive behaviors.
When it comes to treatment for preschool and kindergarten-aged children, the American Academy of Pediatrics calls for behavioral treatments first and medication only when needed.
“Comprehensive treatment is behavioral management, working with the parents on behavioral strategies, working with the daycare centers or preschools on thinking about the child's needs,” Mark Mahone, PhD, explained to parents during the Ask the Expert webcast ADHD in Preschool Children. “What we have learned over the last 50 years is that the most effective forms of behavioral management involve reinforcing appropriate behavior and not reinforcing inappropriate behaviors.”
Parent training helps you learn techniques to manage your child’s behavior and later to teach your child to manage his own behavior. The following are some common tips:
Ask your child’s pediatrician or health care provider to recommend a specialist in early childhood ADHD that can help you develop additional skills to manage your child’s behavior. For more information, visit our website at Preschoolers and ADHD.